How to Create a Cleaning Schedule (That You’ll Actually Stick To)

How to create a cleaning scheduleCleaning schedules are highly effective, and they’re the best way to get your house on track and keep it looking great. There is no one-size-fits-all cleaning schedule. It’s important to build one that’s based on your personal lifestyle and schedule. When the cleaning schedule suits you, you’re more likely to follow it. Here are a few tips to help you develop a cleaning schedule you’ll actually stick to.

What’s Your Cleaning Style?

This the first question you have to ask yourself. Some people like to break the chores down into smaller sections and do a little every day. Others want to knock it all out at once and forget about it for the rest of the week. There is no right or wrong answer here. The only answer is to consider what your personal style is and work with that. Whether you’re doing a marathon every week or working on a few chores, sit down and schedule the time for cleaning the house. Otherwise, your busy life may take over and the cleaning won’t get done.

Make the List

Start by making out a list of what needs to be done. The list should be more detailed than just, “clean the living room.” It should include detailed chores like dusting the china cabinet, washing the curtains and wiping off baseboards. Once the list is made, go through it again and determine how often the different chores need to be done. You’ll wash bedding once a week, but do the curtains have to be washed that often? Mark whether items are to be addressed on a daily, weekly, monthly or even annual basis.

Be Realistic About Time Limitations

You may be able to do the Flight of the Bumblebee and get your home “company ready” by doing a 15-minute cleanup in the living room, but that doesn’t mean you want that stressed, rushed cleaning every week. Be realistic about how long it’s going to take to clean different rooms. Pad the time a little because it’s better to feel good about getting done early than to go over and be late for something.

Work by Room or Chore

Decide if you want to clean one room at a time or work according to the chore. Some people prefer to clean an entire room for the feeling of accomplishment. Others prefer to handle it according to the chore because it’s easier to vacuum the entire house once the machine is out and you’re in vacuuming mode. This is another personal decision, but making it ahead of time will help you develop the schedule.

Start Assembling the Schedule

Once you have this information in hand, you’re ready to start putting together your customized cleaning schedule. Allow time in your cleaning to handle the less frequent cleaning chores and do just a few each week.

The best cleaning schedule is simply the one that you will actually use. A cleaning schedule will help you stay on track and get the work done properly. In addition to your own regular schedule for keeping the house tidy, you may want to add in a few professional visits every month to handle the deep cleaning and ensure that your home is as clean as possible. Contact us today to learn about our special services and see how they can supplement your regular cleaning schedule.

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